Money Spent Today - £0 Vouchers Spent - £0
Money Spent in Total - £9.96 Vouchers Spent in Total - £5
Money left in purse - £21.04
This is the last day of the first month of the Challenge and I've been doing a lot of thinking about it. My main thoughts this week were trying to work out the best way to spend the accumulating vouchers, Nectar points and coupons etc. To just go out and spend them willy nilly on day to day shopping seems wrong for the Challenge and well ... not challenging!
I mean I have nearly £70 in Nectar points, I could just go out and buy a weeks shopping, filling my trolley up with whatever takes my fancy, but what good would that do me in the long run!!
So I think I have decided that I will start a list of food items that would be expensive to replace once I have exhausted current supplies, and that were not, nor have ever been weekly purchases in my 'normal' shopping routine. I have always tended to stockpile things when they are on offer and so have been able for the last few years to keep the week by week shopping bill much lower. For instance we have the last two large jars of coffee purchased last year still in the cupboard.
The sort of things I was thinking of are coffee, butter, cheese, oils etc, something that I have always stockpiled when I have been able to. This way my normal £1 per day available for food will be spent on the ingredients I really need for the day to day meals once the cupboards run dry and I will have a backbone of the more expensive staples bought entirely from the points, vouchers and coupons.
If I decide I will go down this path I will start looking for bargains in these items when I am out and about round the shops, but still I want to hang on to my points for as long as possible so we are working our way through things like the cheeses that I have stashed in the freezer after Christmas, and only when stocks are about to run out will they be replaced, hopefully with some real bargains.
I'm still thinking about this one though.